Jeremy Cooke and Andrew Barr
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Dry spring in south-east England is 'exceptional'

This spring looks set to be one of the hottest and driest in England and Wales since records began.

But rainfall figures for May are expected to show a divide between north-west England and Scotland, which received higher than average rainfall, and the south and east of England.

Farmer Andrew Barr showed the BBC's Jeremy Cooke how the dry weather was affecting his crops and livestock on his farm in Lenham, Kent.

He said he was concerned that the widespread problems could lead to "less food being produced and that could lead to a rise in food prices".

  • 31 May 2011
  • From the section UK